Somerest man arrested for DUI and lying about military status

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WTVQ/WRIL) – A DUI arrest led to even more charges following the false statements a Somerset man made while in custody.

According to a report from WRIL, Middlesboro Sgt. Kenny Vanover was searching for a reckless driver of a red Pontiac around 5 p.m. on July 31. The call said the car was in the area of Highway 25 East and the Big Lots parking lot.

Sgt. Vanover found a vehicle matching the description turn back onto the highway and made a traffic stop.

The driver, Christopher Hoskins, 21, of Somerset, seemed to be intoxicated and he had the odor of alcohol on his breath. Inside his vehicle was a Jack Daniels whiskey bottle and an open 16 oz Budweiser beer. Hoskins failed the standard field sobriety tests and was taken into custody.

Once at the Middlesboro Police headquarters, as Hoskins was being processed on his charges, he made false statements to the officers, one of which served in the U.S. armed forces, that lead to an additional charge under the 2013 Kentucky Stolen Valor Act.

Hoskins said that he was a sergeant in the Army who had been deployed and shot four times by enemy combatants in 2016 while in a combat zone.

Officer Jeremiah Johnson charged Hoskins with misrepresenting military status. If convicted, he could be fined $5,000, be imprisoned in the county jail for not more than 12 months or both.

Hoskins was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. His charges include operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle, no insurance, failure to wear a seatbelt, excessive window tinting, speeding 10 mph over the limit and misrepresenting military status.

No bond has been set as of now.

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